Other Afra Names:
Afra Scientific Name:
Cynotilapia afra, Paratilapia afra, Hemichromis afer
Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Malawi
Afra Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)
Afra Life Expectancy: 11 years
Afra Habitat: East African Lake Malawi
Afra Minimum Tank Size:
Aggressive and quite territorial
Afra Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - feed vegetable based flake foods as a staple. Diet should be supplimented with brine shrimp and fresh green vegetables such as spinach, zucchini, romaine lettuce, spinach and peas.
Many caves and hiding places among rocks and pieces of slate are essential. The aquarium should be broken up into specific territories if more than one male is to be kept. Fine gravel or sand is required as the Afra will dig. Hard water with a high pH is essential.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other african cichlids
Afra Breeding & Spawning:
Keep a ratio of one male to three females. Many caves made from rocks are needed. The female is a mouth-brooder and cares for the young. The female should be moved to a birthing tank after she is holding eggs.
Determining Afra Sex:
Makes are brighter blue with black bars on body. Males tend to have more pronounced and brighter egg spots.
Malawi Bloat - can be fatal if fed too much protein and fat.
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